This is a good looking bike (crazy Kawa green not withstanding ). I had a 600r back in the dark ages (read: late 80s) and that bike gave me many a silly grin. And the reviews I've seen on this bike are pretty positive. But did you notice it's also got that funky shapped exhaust? What's up with that? Is that all style or is there some revolutionary engineering that could explain the asthetic offense?
"I am a Cafe Racer myself on some days - and it is one of my finest addictions." Hunter S. Thompson
the z1000 is pretty odd looking too. Noise regulations in europe?
The official version is that exhaust style, that mimics a dual, stacked, exhaust tube, is supposed to give a sort of family-feeling to old, Z-type, Kawasaki superbikes that had a four-into-four sxhaust.
My version: Kawi designers are smoking funny things.
Don't really like the design of both the new Z1000 or this ZX-10R, but I had the chance to ride extensively the first and it's a great bike. I wouldn't swap my K for that, but that's for a bunch of reasons not necessarily applicable to everyone. In the twisties, a well-ridden Z1000 is a very difficult customer to serve.
As for the new 10R, the old one (09/10, '08 ones were different, regardless of what Kawasaki says) was an awesome track tool. Can't wait to test this one...